If you are looking for access to everything this was a great location, couldn't be beat. We went in spring, so not too noisy. I imagine in the summer, when Catalina is busy, the ocean side would be loud. This was perfect for an introductory weekend with a wonderful ocean view. The amenities could be slightly upgraded, a towel hook or two in the bathroom and a shelf to put your things on, aside from that the hotel was clean and nice with a great view and a good value. Finally, good hotel coffee!
I booked this room for me, my sister, and her adult daughter for one night. It was perfect for us. Since it is on Crescent Avenue, directly across from the beach, everything that we wanted to do was close at hand.
I took my wife for an overnighter to Catalina. We stayed at The Hotel Mac Rae. The building is pretty old and has quite a history. The rooms were not original, and have been updated. We stayed in a room overlooking the bay and it was really nice to have our coffee in the morning looking at the bay. I'd come back again and plan to when we go to Catalina again.
There's nothing fancy or frilly, just a basic little room but very clean. However, it couldn't be any closer to the water without being literally on the beach. I was here just after Christmas, there was no late night traffic on the beach so I was able to leave my window cracked open to listen to the waves lap against the shore all night. There were other hotels with more expensive and fancy rooms available, but to me I don't think any added amenities could beat how close I was to the beach. It was just the re-charge I needed to start the new year off right. I will always come back here, and ask for the same room anytime I plan on returning to the island. To me it was perfect.
My sister and I went to Catalina overnight and stayed at this hotel. They gave a discount for the Catalina Express. The room was clean and quiet. I loved how convenient this hotel was...right across from the beach and next door to some great restaurants! (need a n/a for dining score because the hotel itself does not have one).
Can't beat the location of this charming Catalina hotel. Nothing fancy, just a nice clean room, clean grounds, fantastic location, and palatable continental breakfast. Room rate is pretty high, but that is a function of Catalina during the busy season. Would definitely stay there again ! Steps from the Pier and right smack in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the oceanfront.
Rooms were a little small but the view made up for lack of space! The air conditioner blew straight at head/pillows when you were sleeping. Maybe a little adjustment would help solve the problem. Staff were very nice and housekeeping did a beautiful job cleaning and preparing the room each day!
We had a wonderful weekend getaway at the Hotel Mac Rae. It has been some years since our last visit and this is the perfect hotel to stay at. We were fortunate to have an ocean view room and the beauty that I woke up to each morning was priceless. Staff is always welcoming and informative. Thank you!!
Employees are nice. Room smelled of pet urine the first morning, but the cleaning crew came in and made sure everything was cleaned and deodorized. stayed 3 nights & that was the only issue. Best price for the location (right on the beach) . Would stay again.
We always stay at the Mac Rae. It is great value for your money because it is right in the center of the action. Great restaurants and the beach are literally steps away. The hotel is old, quaint, charming, and clean. We love it.
The room was clean. The staff was very approachable and professional. I enjoy this hotel for it's quaint charm and that they don't try to be pretentious. It empties right on to the beach and the walk way in the center of everything. It has a home like feel that I enjoy revisiting. Come check it out!
Rooms were small but didn't go to Catalina to sit in my room. Rooftop deck was beautiful with plenty of lounging space and a wonderful view of the harbor. Continental breakfast was very good. Service was great. Short hilly walk to everything, will definitely be returning.